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as in: about noon; 12:03 to be precise Define
exact (accurate)
  • Is it precise enough if I measure to the closest inch?
  • The detective is talking to all the witnesses to try to determine the precise sequence of events.

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  • The company says it measures calories burned within 15% or the precise measurement that could be obtained in a laboratory.
  • The new test measures hormone levels more precisely.
  • It was the capital letter A. By an accurate measurement, each limb proved to be precisely three inches and a quarter in length.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I now related my history briefly but with firmness and precision, marking the dates with accuracy and never deviating into invective or exclamation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • With a sort of military precision that astonished him, she outlined the route that he was to follow.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that ... concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • They’re right up yonder in the colored balcony— been there since precisely one-eighteen P.M.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird

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  • ...a thin line so precise that he could make it spiral seventy-nine times from the center to the edge of the desk without the lines ever touching or overlapping.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Even trained for years as they all had been in precision of language, what words could you use which would give another the experience of sunshine?
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Probably this whole segment of the woods has been armed with precision launchers that are concealed in trees or rocks.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • HALE: But this child claims the girls are not truthful, and if they are not—
    DANFORTH: That is precisely what I am about to consider, sir.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • How do you expect our boys to be as precise as that thousands of feet up with bombs weighing tons!
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • "But they are men," said Rainsford hotly.
    "Precisely," said the general. That is why I use them. It gives me pleasure. They can reason, after a fashion. So they are dangerous."
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • I know precisely what you are feeling.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • he doesn’t want a totally untrained little kid start screwing up his precision maneuvers.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • And precision of language was one of the most important tasks of small children.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • Toons that couldn’t see each other practiced performing precision operations together with exact timing;
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • It was harder to make precise movements, since the suits bent just a bit slower, resisted a bit more than any clothing they had ever worn before.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • When he began to talk again, it was with greater precision.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • The Devil is precise.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The moment when a man’s head drops off is seldom or never, I am inclined to think, precisely the most agreeable of his life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was precisely against suicidal impulses of this kind that he had hoped to guard himself by opening the diary.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The road from Beverly is unusually busy this morning, and he has passed a hundred rumors that make him smile at the ignorance of the yeomanry in this most precise science.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • His earlier thought returned to him: probably she was not actually a member of the Thought Police, but then it was precisely the amateur spy who was the greatest danger of all.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Precisely at that point it vanished — and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • He might have silenced the dark-haired girl if only he had acted quickly enough: but precisely because of the extremity of his danger he had lost the power to act.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • In a cultivated voice marked by a slight accent that gave it added precision and deliberateness, he said: "It is a very great pleasure and honor to welcome Mr. Sanger Rainsford, the celebrated hunter, to my home."
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • He presented the cup to Hester, who received it with a slow, earnest look into his face; not precisely a look of fear, yet full of doubt and questioning as to what his purposes might be.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It was an integral part of the learning of precise speech.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • It was so — oh, I wish language were more precise!
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • I did not pretend to enter into the merits of the case, yet I inclined towards the opinions of the hero, whose extinction I wept, without precisely understanding it.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I believe it to be an intuitive discernment, a quick but never-failing power of judgment, a penetration into the causes of things, unequalled for clearness and precision; add to this a facility of expression and a voice whose varied intonations are soul-subduing music.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Immediately he had been taken aside for a brief private lesson in language precision.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • But the reason for precision of language was to ensure that unintentional lies were never uttered.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It was not, indeed, precisely that which he had laid out for himself to tread.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Hester Prynne did not now occupy precisely the same position in which we beheld her during the earlier periods of her ignominy.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • It is precisely in the Inner Party that war hysteria and hatred of the enemy are strongest.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Attiring himself with as much care as if it had been for public worship, and precisely in the same manner, he stole softly down the staircase, undid the door, and issued forth.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • From the loftiest point of its roof, during precisely three and a half hours of each forenoon, floats or droops, in breeze or calm, the banner of the republic; but with the thirteen stripes turned vertically, instead of horizontally, and thus indicating that a civil, and not a military, post of Uncle Sam’s government is here established.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The child had a native grace which does not invariably co-exist with faultless beauty; its attire, however simple, always impressed the beholder as if it were the very garb that precisely became it best.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The minister had inquired of Hester, with no little interest, the precise time at which the vessel might be expected to depart.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Precisely the same as last year and the year before that, with only two minor changes.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • We are here, Your Honor, precisely to discover what no one has ever seen.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He was not ill-fitted to be the head and representative of a community which owed its origin and progress, and its present state of development, not to the impulses of youth, but to the stern and tempered energies of manhood and the sombre sagacity of age; accomplishing so much, precisely because it imagined and hoped so little.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Greater precision would have been dangerous.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • And of course our community can’t function smoothly if people don’t use precise language.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
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as in: a precise personality Define
meticulous (careful about details)
  • She has the kind of precise personality that never has a cluttered desk or an out-of-fashion item in her closet.
  • She is precise in her thinking, appearance, and movements.

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  • In the corresponding cubicle on the other side a small, precise-looking, dark— chinned man named Tillotson was working steadily away, with a folded newspaper on his knee and his mouth very close to the mouthpiece of the speakwrite.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Her bearing is perhaps most like the noble bearing of the women of the Hereros of Southwest Africa—rather as if she imagines that as she walks she still bears a basket or a vessel upon her head. Her speech, on the other hand, is as careless as her carriage is precise—she is inclined to slur everything—
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • (MAMA repeats the phrase with precision and cool emotion) In my mother’s house there is still God.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Enunciating precisely but soundlessly: "There’s a white man at the door!"
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • BENEATHA: (Angrily, precisely as in the first scene of the play) What have you got to do with who I marry!
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
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  • I might have been too reserved, and should have patronized her more (though I did not use that precise word in my meditations) with my confidence.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Believe me, this may be: he promised to meet me two hours since, and he was ever precise in promise-keeping.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure

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  • —Why, thou unconfinable baseness, it is as much as I can do to keep the terms of my honour precise.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • His movements were precise and definite; a firm purpose was evident in them.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • His very name carried an impressiveness hardly to be measured without a precise chronology of scholarship.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Nothing could be more precise, exact, and orderly than Greenleaf.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • We must not be over-precise, Edmund.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his cold, precise but admirably balanced mind.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • To the man of precisely scientific mind the work of Monsieur Bertillon must always appeal strongly.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • "Mister, sir, Mister—a humble M.R.C.S." "And a man of precise mind, evidently."
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles

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  • He knew the precise psychological moment when to say nothing.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • An apparently disembodied voice spoke to us all by name, uttering certain precise accusations against us.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Very green and neat and precise was that yard, set about on one side with great patriarchal willows and the other with prim Lombardies.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Not five times in five years do I have students who understand craftsmanship and precision and maybe some big imagination in hypotheses.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Along the precise streets were still a few wooded vacant lots, and the fragment of an old orchard.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • His voice was precise and monotonous; it connoted safety.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Roark’s words were like the steps of a man walking a tightwire, slow, strained, groping for the only right spot, quivering over an abyss, but precise.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • My clerical opponent maintains that the Church holds a precise and defined position in the State.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He was a spry, suave and very precise general who knew the circumference of the equator and always wrote ’enhanced’ when he meant ’increased’.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Her grandfather’s voice had called out from beyond with chilling precision.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • His accent was rigid and precise, like his stern features.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The toe was aimed with a precision that did credit to his long years of training, as though all of that training focused on this instant.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And he realized there was no single and precise thing that brought her beauty to focus.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • I didn’t get your note until after 10.45 to be precise.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • It was for this precise reason that Stuart and Brent were idling on the porch of Tara this April afternoon.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • "Precisely," said Professor Lupin, and Hermione put her hand down, looking a little disappointed.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Nobody seemed too bothered with a precise date.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • The minute hand on the alarm clock reached the number twelve and, at that precise moment, the street-lamp outside the window went out.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Twenty-three minutes to one, to be precise.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • Suddenly the wild look changed in his eyes and he stepped back and saluted with stiff precision.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • I shall be passing here this day fortnight at precisely this hour of five-and-twenty minutes past seven.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Be that as it may, I do not vouch for the fact, but merely advert to it, for the sake of being precise and authentic.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • He had 6000 miles of tropical belt to disport himself in, and I did not hear the precise address.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • His instructions to the inspector and the intern were precise and rapid.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • And then a second shot, precise and cold, and far away.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • The news started about 4:30 and ran fifteen or twenty minutes, but the broadcasters were never precise with their timing.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • I should have found for myself a form of activity in keeping with it, to be precise, drinking to the health of everything "sublime and beautiful."
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • Precise, automatic gesture.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The precise gunners were coolly enthusiastic.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • Precisely what I did, sir.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • His figure, especially the neck and shoulders, communicated the impression of irrefutable physical strength and of precise, even imperial bearing.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • To be more precise: Although philosophical questions concern us all, we do not all become philosophers.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Not at that precise moment.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The pulley was wedged by a small object that must have fallen through the opening at a most precise moment.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • At that precise moment Mr. Cuss and Mr. Bunting were in the parlour.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Is there rain here, in this precise locality, at whatever time within the next two minutes that you choose to respond to the question?
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • He wore pince-nez, was very dry and spare-looking and extremely precise in all his utterances.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Still, his movements were careful and precise as he undressed.
    J.D. Robb  --  Naked in Death
  • Hunter explored the darkest nightmares of the human mind and, with cool precision, made them tangible.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
  • The looped matrix at the edge of her doily, wonderfully intricate yet at the same time as precise and even, suddenly fell in disarray.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
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